Sex cult leader who paraded paraded his girlfriend around on a leash is jailed for three years
The leader of a sex cult who paraded his girlfriend round a town centre on a leash has been jailed for three years.
Inspired by science fiction novels Lee Thompson, 34, launched the cult from his pebble-dashed semi-detached house in Darlington.
His followers lead a sadomasochistic lifestyle inspired by a series of 1960s fantasy novels, Chronicles of Gor.
In the books, written by US college professor John Norman, women are viewed as natural slaves to men.
Heavily-tattooed Thompson, a self-styled sex master, came to the attention of police when he paraded his girlfriend round the town on a leash as she wore a dog collar and wrist cuffs.
Businesses in the town centre were incensed by his behaviour and the local butcher’s banned him from his store.
Thompson claimed that his grandmother was a pagan high priestess and she passed on her powers to him.
Yesterday he was jailed for three years for forcing one of his lover’s to have sex with other men against her will.
At Teesside Crown Court, Thompson – who describes himself as a pagan – admitted two counts of procuring a woman to have sexual intercourse.
On another occasion, Thompson could not afford to pay to use a computer in a London cyber cafe so agreed to a member of staff having sex with her instead.
When the cult was uncovered in May 2006, Thompson said no-one taking part in the master-slave relationships was harmed.
Thompson moved to the West Midlands after he became too notorious in his hometown of Darlington.
He has numerous tattoos on his face including a thick black tattoo on the left side of his face and a red triangular design in the middle of his forehead.
Dan Cordey, prosecuting, said the victim did not see money change hands but she believed Thompson was charging the men.
Sentencing, Judge Tony Briggs told him: ‘What rather shouts out from the papers is you have an extraordinary ability and appetite for dominating and manipulating others.’
Thompson had a conviction for serious sexual assault, and one for making threats to kill, for which he was sent for treatment to Rampton Secure Hospital.
After the case Detective Constable Scott Denham said: ‘He is a self-styled sex cult leader. He is a very intimidating character with a very forceful personality. He has children all over the world.’
‘Master’ jailed for forcing girlfriend into sex with others
Thompson, charged under the alias Harrington, enslaved his ex-lover, and then made her have sex with several men against her will.
One of them was a Chinese man whom she met in a hotel in Eccles, Greater Manchester.
Her boyfriend watched as they had sex, the court heard.
On another occasion, Thompson could not afford to pay to use a computer in a London cyber cafe, so agreed to a member of staff having sex with her instead.
The court heard she was forced to sleep with several men, including a drug dealer, as Thompson convinced her it was part of the pagan religion.
The offences were reported to police when the victim read about Thompson’s sexual exploits which came to light when the cult in Forster Street, Darlington, was exposed, some time after their relationship ended.
Thompson claimed that his grandmother, who lived in Blyth, Northumberland, was a pagan high priestess, and that she had passed on her powers to him.
He used his knowledge of the religion to keep a hold over his victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, Mr Cordey said.
The couple would have sex inside a circle of salt, the court heard. These acts were consensual, the prosecution said.
But he also forced her to have sex with others, sometimes after taking drugs.